The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits by Alys ClareIntroducing: Lily Raynor, who left nursing to become a private enquiry agent, as well as her new assistant, Felix Wilbraham, who's clever but down on his luck.
What happens: In 1880 London, busy Lily and Felix assist a man who believes his wife, a talented medium, is in mortal danger; help a peer learn more about his son's actress girlfriend; and dig into why so many young women have gone missing from the streets.
Series alert: Featuring appealing characters and an intricate plot, this is the 1st World's End Bureau mystery.
The Disappearance of Alastair Ainsworth by Leonard GoldbergStarring: the late Sherlock Holmes' secret daughter, Joanna Blalock; her husband (and our narrator), Dr. John Watson, Jr.; and his elderly father, Dr. John Watson of 221B Baker Street.
What happens: In 1915 London, Joanna and the Watsons try to rescue a secret-wielding cryptographer from German abductors in this delightful 3rd Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Read this next: For another creative, female-centric take on the Holmes stories, try Sherry Thomas' Lady Sherlock mysteries.
Dead Man's Mistress by David HousewrightWhat happens: Minneapolis PI Rushmore "Rush" McKenzie agrees to help struggling artist Louise Wykoff recover three stolen paintings given to her by a now-dead famous artist.
The problem: Though the whole world now knows about Louise and her sometimes nude appearances in the married artist's work, no one knew about the three priceless paintings he'd given her -- so who took them?
Series alert: This is the 16th mystery featuring the charming, wise-cracking Rush; A Hard Ticket Home is his 1st outing.
The Island by Ragnar Jónasson; translated by Victoria CribbWhat happens: Nearing 50, dedicated Reykjavík police Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir investigates when someone's murdered during a weekend trip for four at an isolated Westfjords island -- and the crime is linked to the decade-old murder of a teenage girl.
Did you know? The Hidden Iceland series occurs in reverse chronological order, so the 1st in the series, The Darkness, features Hulda facing retirement, and the forthcoming 3rd installment will have her younger than in this 2nd entry.
For fans of: Nordic noir, driven female detectives, and suspenseful mysteries with a small circle of suspects.
Murder at Morrington Hall by Clara McKennaIntroducing: Stella Kendrick, a horse-loving heiress from Kentucky whose father takes her to England in 1905 for a wedding...that turns out to be her own; Viscount Lyndy Lyndhurst, the dashing groom whose family's Hampshire, England estate needs an influx of cash.
What happens: Before Stella and Lyndy can marry, the vicar is murdered and the couple work together to solve the crime.
For fans of: charming historical cozies with romantic elements, comedies of manners, spirited leading ladies, and Downton Abbey.
The Body in the Castle Well by Martin WalkerWhat it's about: An American graduate student with White House connections is found dead in a French castle's well. Is it murder or an accident? In his 12th novel, Bruno Courrèges, the police chief of the Dordogne village of St. Denis, investigates the case, which involves an art historian's false claims.
Read it for: the vividly described French village setting, the scrumptious food descriptions, the fascinating history (including details about Josephine Baker and the resistance during World War II), the friendly people, and all the charming animals.
Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha ChristieWhat happens: Young, beautiful, and rich Linnet Doyle falls for her friend Jackie's fiancé, marries him, and honeymoons in Egypt.
And then? Unsettling the happy couple, Jackie appears, embarking on a cruise down the Nile along with them, Hercule Poirot, and other travelers, where danger, murder, and airtight alibis lie ahead.
Why you should read it: First published in 1937, it "deserves its reputation as one of Christie's best travel mysteries" (Library Journal).
Death by Water: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry GreenwoodWhat happens: In 1928, wealthy and delightfully unconventional Melbourne-based sleuth Phryne Fisher agrees to take a cruise to New Zealand in order to solve a string of jewelry thefts on the P&O ocean liners.
Movie buzz: Fans of the books (this is the 15th) and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, the glamourous TV series based on them, will be thrilled that a movie, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, should be released in the coming months.
TV Buzz: There's also a spin-off TV series, Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries, which is set in the 1960s with the main character being a niece Phryne never knew, who inherits her money.
Set Sail for Murder: A Henrie O Mystery by Carolyn HartThe beginning: Retired newspaper reporter Henrie O gets a call from a former lover for whom she still has feelings -- he thinks his wealthy new wife is in danger due to several strange accidents and needs help.
What happens: Henrie O agrees to accompany the family on a Baltic cruise visiting Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, and more, while keeping an eye on the wife who tightly controls her adult stepchildren's inheritance.
Series alert: Originally published in 2007, this is the 7th and last entry in the beloved Henrie O series by veteran cozy author Carolyn Hart.
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